Book digitized by Google from the library of Harvard University and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb.
March 15, 2015
Uncanny resemblance to the Titanic
Had this novel been published twenty years later, one would have thought it was based, at least in part, on true events. The ship's name and technical specifications are eerily similar to those of the RMS Titanic, which would set out on its ill-fated maiden voyage in April 1912, some sixteen years AFTER this novel's 1896 publication date.
While it is eerily predictive of future events, there's not much else that's terribly compelling about this novel. The shipwreck happens very early in the story and what little suspense the plot ever is quickly lost as it devolves into a soppy tale of redemption for an only marginally sympathetic protagonist.
Read this for the historical curiosity that it is, but don't expect a literary masterpiece.